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Two Minutes with: Gwen Hardy, MP

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This is the fourth post in our ongoing series, “Two Minutes With”. We’re getting to know a little more about the Elettra team, our clients, and our partners/suppliers. Today we chat with Elettra Managing Partner, Gwen Hardy.

Alma Mater:  UVic

Favourite restaurant or food: For dinner, Chambar. Specifically the Moules Congolaise. Possibly the only dish I have ordered there but it’s hard to deviate when you know you love something. For lunch, whenever I have time to walk a few extra blocks, I head to India Abroad on Hornby. Their vegetarian dishes are full of flavour, their naan is fresh, and they have a side salad with an inexplicably spicy yogurt sauce that just works. Heaven.

Morning beverage of choice: Typhoo tea to ease me into the day, followed by black coffee at work.

Favourite spot in Vancouver: On the water in Howe Sound.

Oxford comma: Yay or nay? Yay. The infographic featuring strippers, JFK, and Stalin pretty much sums it up for me. (Do a Google image search. You’ll get it.)

Best piece of career advice you have received? Contribute. In every meeting, on every conference call, and in every interaction make sure that you add value to the conversation.

What are you most proud of in your career? Striking out on our own and starting Elettra.

Why do you choose to live in Vancouver? The water. I love visiting other places, but I feel claustrophobic when I can’t get to a beach or get on a boat. Makes the mortgage payments worth it. Almost.

Which news story were you most captivated by in the past year? I would have to say the ongoing Federal election campaign. Unlike with a snap election call, fixed election dates mean that the electorate gets to take a good, long look at their candidates. Hopefully this will result in more substantive discussions around the issues.

Where would we typically find you on the weekend and what would you be doing? Chasing after my kids, aged two and four.

What is something you learned in the last week? That oysters boost your serotonin levels. Margaret Trudeau was the keynote speaker at the Kettle Society’s Making a Difference luncheon last week. She shared her personal story and talked about how important diet is in maintaining mental health.

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